Dreaming of the summer holidays?

A comic postcard from 1906: "If London were Venice - Trafalgar Square". Image property of Westminster City Archives.

A comic postcard from 1906: “If London were Venice – Trafalgar Square”. Image property of Westminster City Archives.

The gloomy month of January is behind us and February has arrived. It’s the time of year that we often think of booking our annual summer holiday. Will you be planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to an exciting, far-off land or an economical “staycation” by the British seaside?

Aerial view map of Piccadilly from Herbert Fry's 'London in 1895' guidebook. Image property of Westminster City Archives.

Aerial view map of Piccadilly from Herbert Fry’s ‘London in 1895’ guidebook. Image property of Westminster City Archives.

One item that you’re likely to refer to, regardless of your destination, is a travel guide book.

For nearly two centuries, guide books have been an indispensable support for planning and enjoying our holidays. Whether searching for somewhere to dine or stay, identifying cultural sites of interest or timetabling a day of sightseeing, they’ve long been a travel essential. Increasingly, guide books have focussed on specific areas of interest such as budget travel, activities for children or themed holidays.

The Archive Centre’s Book of the Month, Time Out London 2010, is a recent offering from an iconic name in guide books which provides a plethora of comprehensive and reliable information regarding tourist destinations and leisure-time in the Capital.

To find out the historic importance of tourism and guidebooks to our City, take a look at our display on Tourist London, currently on view in the City of Westminster Archives Centre Search Room.

And if you’re planning a trip of your own, visit any Westminster Library to refer to or borrow some of the vast array of travel guides and maps.

[Michelle]

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